RIP David Bowie
This morning the world of music was sadly greeted by the announcement of the death of David Bowie just four days after releasing his latest album and celebrating his 69th birthday. Duncan Jones, Bowie’s son confirmed the news on social media:
David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer.
Blackstar, his latest album saw another change in direction for a man who refused to be pinned down, an album that looks forward to the future after his previous album, The Next Day, which was released on his 66th birthday, was very retrospective in its approach. Both albums are considered excellent and are a fitting exit for the man who fell to earth.
Bowie was a master of re-invention and a massive creative talent. He went through a number of alter ego’s including Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane and The Thin White Duke but underneath the façade he was a great songwriter and multi-instrumentalist; guitar and saxophone were his primary instruments. He didn’t restrict himself to music, he also starred in a handful of films in the 70’s and 80’s and also acted in the Elephant Man on Broadway.
He abruptly stopped touring after a heart-attack on stage in Germany in 2004 and little was seen or heard of him as he consciously dropped out of public view until his re-emergence 3 years ago where photographs showed him happy and relaxed in the studio. The video’s to Blackstar and Lazarus show an older Bowie but give no indication of any ill health.
Tellingly though, the lyrics to Lazurus are more interesting and perhaps he was warning us of his cancer and his impending fate:
Look up here, I’m in heaven
I’ve got scars that can’t be seen
I’ve got drama, can’t be stolen
Everybody knows me now.
The Starman has now gone.
RIP David Bowie
9/1/1946 – 12/1/2016